The Wonder of Story

Have you ever held a new book in your hands, fresh and clean and so ripe with possibilities? You want to start reading, immediately, leap into its pages, but you don’t know where to start, as silly as that may sound. This is one of those books.  For those of you who may not know (or have forgotten), I am in love with Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters books. So when her first anthology of fellow-author-written stories based in the world of Edwardian England under the veil of the White Lodge (Elemental Magic) was published, I was ecstatic. I bought a hard copy, as well as an e-copy on my Kindle. I read it to my infant daughter to put her down for  naps and thrilled at it in the quiet of my private time.

And, then, this morning – Christmas morning – I unwrap a gift from my husband to find this particular beauty waiting for me. I was wide-eyed, slack-jawed, and absolutely thrilled. I jumped up, ran to the bookshelf, and picked up the previous anthology to make sure that they were indeed different, and then I did a little happy dance in the living room and told my husband that he is simply amazing (which is very true). But I cannot describe the butterflies in my stomach as sit here with this book next to me. It’s like I want to rip into it but, at the same time, I want it to be the right time. The right time when I can have a substantial amount of time to myself to dive into these stories properly. I just can’t wait!

Elemental Magic, edited by Mercedes Lackey

This was a great find! I discovered it while Christmas shopping for my husband mere days before I was to give birth to our daughter. As someone obviously in love with Mercedes Lackey’s world of the Elemental Masters and magic, I was very, very excited to find this collection and even more so to see that it not only contains stories written in that world by other authors but also a new Elemental Masters short story by Lackey herself.

Can you say “squee”?

I will admit, however, to having not yet gotten past the first story. Newborns make things like reading for pleasure tough. *snicker* But I will say that I am excited enough about this collection to have bought the hard copy as well as a digital copy on my Kindle so that, no matter where I am, I am able to have it with me for when I can snatch those coveted moments of reading while my dearest little daughter sleeps.

I cannot explain what it is about the elemental masters world that draws me so. Perhaps it is that connection to the elements through magic that draws me; the idea of being so connected to a part of the world as to be able to influence it, wield it, commiserate and communicate with it. Perhaps it is that…intimacy that draws me. The magic is wonderful but what I love is the interaction with their element and elementals that the magicians and masters have; it is an almost familial connection that I find beautiful and almost soothing in a way.

So, again, I can easily (and with the utmost faith) say: Well done, Mercedes Lackey!

2/28/13 – I have greatly enjoyed reading through this anthology and was overjoyed to find Isabelle Harton, Sarah, and Nan in their own adventure in this book, as they are, of course, my favorite characters. 🙂 I read the story (“A Flower Grows in Whitechapel”) to my two-month old daughter, as well as “Stones and Feathers” and, naturally, she fell asleep in the middle of them but I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

Thank you, again, Mercedes and all of these wonderful authors, for a book full of new adventures in the world of Elemental Magic.